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City of Orgies

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.


CITY of orgies, walks and joys! City whom that I have lived and sung in your midst  
 will one day make you illustrious,
Not the pageants of you—not your shifting tableaux,  
 your spectacles, repay me;
Not the interminable rows of your houses—nor the  
 ships at the wharves,
Nor the processions in the streets, nor the bright win- 
 dows, with goods in them;
Nor to converse with learn'd persons, or bear my share  
 in the soiree or feast;
Not those—but, as I pass, O Manhattan! your fre- 
 quent and swift flash of eyes offering me love,
Offering response to my own—these repay me; Lovers, continual lovers, only repay me.

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.

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